Premier League Match Week Review
Leicester v Wolves, Tottenham v Fulham, Chelsea v Arsenal, and Liverpool v Crystal Palace were just a few of the intriguing games in a truly entertaining Premier League weekend. Let’s talk about the matches from this weekend and see how accurate my predictions were for this past game week.
Cardiff 0-0 Newcastle United
Now, I predicted Newcastle to win this game and I didn’t think it would be too difficult for them after their strong showing in game week one. Cardiff stayed resolute throughout the match, however, they did not take advantage of Newcastle’s 66th minute red card. Cardiff will look back at this match as one that they should have taken 3 points from even though they very nearly lost due to a 97th minute penalty kick. Kenedy, who saw his penalty saved, had one of the worst showings in recent memory, from any player. Overall, sort of a nothing game.
Everton 2-1 Southampton
I was pretty spot on with this prediction, predicting both the score and the match fairly accurately. I did think that Richarlison would miss the fixture due to injury, he ended up playing nearly the entire match and bagging another goal. Richarlison really was the main man for Everton yet again, and with three goals in his first two matches for the toffies, he’s off to a flying start. If Everton can keep their core players fit throughout the season they could very well push for a European spot.
Leicester City 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Leicester, much like Everton, should be aiming for a European spot this season. They have performed brightly in both of their matches so far and will hope to stay resolute in defense throughout the season with strong center backs such as Johnny Evans and Harry Maguire. Wolves have not had the start that they would have envisioned, they should have taken advantage of Everton’s early red card last weekend and will feel they could have performed better against Leicester on Saturday. My prediction for this game wasn’t exactly accurate with both the result and the score being incorrect. I want to see big things from Wolves this season, however, things aren’t going to get easier for the newly promoted side as they face Manchester City on Saturday afternoon.
Tottenham 3-1 Fulham
Tottenham are two wins from two games so far and certainly improved on their matchday one performance with a comfortable win against Fulham. Harry Kane broke his curse and finally scored in August while Lucas and Trippier added the other two goals for the Spurs. However, my prediction was not completely accurate, Fulham bagged a wonderful goal after a 27-pass play while I predicted Spurs to keep a clean sheet. Overall, it was a fairly predictable score line but Fulham will learn and grow, there is a lot of potential in that team.
West Ham 1-2 AFC Bournemouth
I seriously believed that West Ham would take it up a notch this weekend and secure a victory against the cherries. However, they looked very weak defensively during this match, highlighted by Callum Wilson’s run through the entirety of West Ham’s back line for Bournemouth’s first goal. West Ham also seem unable to defend against set pieces, conceding a goal to a set piece both against Liverpool and against Bournemouth. If Pellegrini wants to achieve anything with this promising West Ham side this season, he has to find a way to solidify his defense. On the other side of things, Bournemouth will be ecstatic with their start to the season, two wins from two!
Chelsea 3-2 Arsenal
What an entertaining fixture this turned out to be! From terrible defending, to great attacking play, both teams were trying their best to secure the result. Chelsea ended up with the bragging rights after the most proficient fullback in the league, Marcos Alonso, scored the winning goal in the 81st minute. Morata seems to be breaking out of his spell of low confidence and put in a great performance against Arsenal. Alternatively, Aubameyang will feel as though he cost his team after missing multiple sitters and showing why Lacazette might need to be the starting striker next weekend against West Ham. Overall, I was pretty close with this prediction, I knew it would be a tight affair, but I didn’t expect Chelsea to come away with the win.
Burnley 1-3 Watford
Troy Deeney put in a wonderful performance which led his team to the victory. Watford’s attackers looked up for this game and both strikers ended up with a goal while Will Hughes contributed the third, Burnley will feel they should have done better and should have secured a win in their opening two games. Burnley fans might be feeling a bit worried about their team’s attacking output this season with their attackers looking predictable and devoid of creativity during their first two matches. Watford, on the other hand, look slick and ready to have a solid campaign. My prediction for this one wasn’t too far off, yet again (*pat on the back).
Manchester City 6-1 Huddersfield Town
Manchester City look well up for this season and seem to be the team to beat based on the first few results. Huddersfield never really stood a chance in this game; after Manchester City unleashed three goals between the 25th and 35th minute the game had been well and truly won. It honestly felt like a training procedure for City, they were completely in control the entire match apart from one switch off to allow Huddersfield their only goal. From defense to attack they looked strong, this was an easy game to predict.
Brighton and Hove Albion 3-2 Manchester United
Manchester United had a shocking game against Brighton, their defense looked clumsy and inconsistent and their attack seemed to be out of ideas. Brighton truly deserved this win, they were the better side by a country mile. It seems ridiculous that a result like this wouldn’t come as a complete surprise, however, United under Mourinho have been miserable for three seasons now, will it actually get better? Mourinho may not have purchased the players that he wanted during the transfer window, but that squad should be more than capable of handling Brighton. Brighton looked full of life against United, their goals may have resulted from sloppy defensive mistakes, but they took them well and were very clinical. My prediction was way off for this one, I’ll have to take this game into account when looking at Manchester United’s next fixture, where they face off against Tottenham.
Crystal Palace 0-2 Liverpool
Crystal Palace really did put in a shift against Liverpool, they looked positive and if it weren’t for some questionable refereeing decisions, they could very well have gotten a result. Liverpool didn’t look as convincing as last weekend, but, in their eyes, a win is a win. Now, Liverpool certainly didn’t look bad, but I did feel that their front line didn’t feel as fluid and penetrating as they normally do, that has to be down to the stellar defending from Palace. It may seem absurd, but Palace really do have some great fullbacks in their side, Wan-Bissaka and Van Aanholt were some of the best players on the pitch. My prediction wasn’t too far off on this one, however, I was very impressed with Palace’s resolve and attacking creativity.
Overall, I predicted 5 of the results and only one score line correctly, not the best week for my predictions.